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superbeanson's Avatar Comment 1 by superbeanson

Goodbye Hitch :_(

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 09:54:14 UTC | #899592

Rob Edge's Avatar Comment 2 by Rob Edge

I have never been more upset by the loss of an individual i have never met. Adiós Hitch.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:00:32 UTC | #899598

Chris Quartly's Avatar Comment 3 by Chris Quartly

Terrible news

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Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:03:51 UTC | #899599

labman's Avatar Comment 4 by labman

I hope he knew how much we cared.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:05:11 UTC | #899600

Harps's Avatar Comment 5 by Harps

Rob just said it, I have never really mourned the loss of someone I have never met before. What a strange feeling it is, the feeling that we are all significantly more worse off, poorer than we were yesterday.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:05:40 UTC | #899602

nickthelight's Avatar Comment 6 by nickthelight

Damn. Now who'll inspire me? A great loss.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:07:45 UTC | #899604

jel's Avatar Comment 7 by jel

I never had the good fortune to meet him but I know I would have enjoyed his company. We all knew it was coming eventually but I think that we all hoped it wouldn't be so soon. Goodbye Hitch.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:10:51 UTC | #899607

RationalConclusion's Avatar Comment 8 by RationalConclusion

What can one say at a time like this? I'm very sad for him, his wife and his children. At least he is no longer suffering. It's good to know that he lived his life doing what he really loved.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:15:20 UTC | #899611

seoptimized's Avatar Comment 9 by seoptimized

His voice will be missed...

Shall drink a drink to Hitch later on today.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:25:38 UTC | #899616

kev_s's Avatar Comment 10 by kev_s

Arguably the best.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:25:55 UTC | #899617

vortexcz's Avatar Comment 11 by vortexcz

An author that helped me to perceive the real world in all its beauty.

As Vanity Fair describes one of his photos: "Speed downhill with your feet far away from the bicycle pedals: that is what it is like to read Christopher Hitchens."

*http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2011/12/christopher-hitchens-slideshow-201112#slide=17

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:29:41 UTC | #899620

diognetus's Avatar Comment 12 by diognetus

Today the world lost a powerful, emotive and lucid voice. It was the voice of intelligent, clear, rational thought that cut through the chicanery and mis-truths to tell it like it was. His voice has been made silent too soon, and reason will suffer because of it.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:30:04 UTC | #899622

wcb123's Avatar Comment 13 by wcb123

RIP Chris. A great Inspiration for me. My thougthts are with your family and close friends.

However unlikely, here's hoping us athiests are wrong and you are infact chilling out on some cosmic beach somewhere enjoying a beer and a ciggy. :p

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:40:45 UTC | #899626

SilentSkeptic's Avatar Comment 14 by SilentSkeptic

The way Radio 2 were reporting his death was shameful. "On being diagnosed with Cancer Christopher claimed he had not changed his mind about God but that he liked surprises". They must've mined hundreds of his quotes to get the one that was the closest possible to a death-bed conversion. Disgusting.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:40:48 UTC | #899627

Philoctetes                                        's Avatar Comment 15 by Philoctetes

We were born a few months apart and a couple of miles apart. I never met him but felt I knew him. I'm sad for me because he has gone but happy for him in respect of the fulfilled life he lived. "One Christopher Hitchens, there's only one Christopher Hitchens."

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:47:37 UTC | #899630

MrClaw's Avatar Comment 16 by MrClaw

It would be perhaps wrong to call Hitch a 'hero' (he would've disliked the term), he was most certainly and inspiration.

Much has been made of Hitch's 'departure' from the Left. Personally, I disagree: the Left betrayed itself and took a soft line on tyranny. In its obituary, the Guardian wrote "His loathing of tyranny was consistent". I could not think of anything more correct.

He will be missed.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:48:38 UTC | #899632

SaganTheCat's Avatar Comment 17 by SaganTheCat

shall have a drink in honour today. and a smoke.

very sorry for Richard and anyone else who knew him as a friend, obviously worse than for the rest of us but even so we all feel a loss

and one thought for the would-be deathbed converters; sorry, not today.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:54:30 UTC | #899636

Truthiswonder's Avatar Comment 18 by Truthiswonder

He was an inspiraton to us all... He showed us that we have to stand up for ourselves, our voice saves others, even the small. He carried his illness with pride and wouldn't lose himself in the progress. He was a great man and nothing less.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:56:49 UTC | #899637

Gameon's Avatar Comment 19 by Gameon

Hitch was a personal hero of mine.

I am personally diminished after his death. There will probably never be another one quite like him. He was one of the greatest authors I ever had a chance of reading. And he well be sorely missed.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 11:00:05 UTC | #899640

shaun2's Avatar Comment 20 by shaun2

Mr. Hitchens, you were an amazing man. We will miss you.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 11:00:12 UTC | #899641

christophercnet's Avatar Comment 21 by christophercnet

‎...It pains me to say that I never got to see or hear Christopher Hitchens, but I wrote him a letter when I published my first article. His work means a lot to me, and I really loved him. It will live on, as all good ideas live on. So long Christopher.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 11:07:57 UTC | #899646

brianhunt62's Avatar Comment 22 by brianhunt62

We all knew this was coming, but I don't think that knowledge has diminished the twist in the stomach and throat that reading this brings. At least it didn't for me.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 11:21:36 UTC | #899657

Jay G's Avatar Comment 23 by Jay G

Rest in Peace. Who will take his place?

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 11:24:30 UTC | #899659

Krasny's Avatar Comment 24 by Krasny

Nobody laughed at the lies like Hitch did.

Farewell.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 11:26:25 UTC | #899660

Grahamhypher's Avatar Comment 25 by Grahamhypher

The world is a poorer place today. Very sad indeed.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 11:28:18 UTC | #899662

AtheistEgbert's Avatar Comment 26 by AtheistEgbert

Awful news.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 11:29:30 UTC | #899663

takingoffence57's Avatar Comment 27 by takingoffence57

The embodiment of the most robust defence of reason is gone. Goodbye and thank you Christopher Hitchens.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 11:31:22 UTC | #899665

mjwemdee's Avatar Comment 28 by mjwemdee

I am gutted.

He was a terrific force for good in the world with his outspoken, fearless intellect, his erudition and his insight. We have lost a great general in the ongoing battle with unreason.

My thoughts are with his family, and all his close friends.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 11:37:06 UTC | #899667

Adam Kavi's Avatar Comment 29 by Adam Kavi

RIP Hitch

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 11:42:37 UTC | #899674

Save me jebuz!'s Avatar Comment 30 by Save me jebuz!

Goodbye Christopher, you contrary argumentative old sod. Irreverent and irreplaceable. You are sorely missed.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 11:47:35 UTC | #899679